Monday, April 03, 2023

Full Spectrum Dominance? Full Spectrum Failure.

posted by Ed Butt, 3 April 2023

As it becomes more obvious every day that the war in Ukraine is only being prolonged at the behest of Washington DC, because while Russia cannot lose the war because of its territorial advantage, superior numbers, superior weapons and its immunity to the west's main weapon, economic sanctions, the USA cannot afford to lose because its credibility as leader of the 'free world, already damaged after its crew ups in Libya and Iraq and its failures in Afghanistan and Syria, will slump to zero.

But while misreporting and propaganda masks the true situation in Ukraine from taxpayers in Europe & the USA, Russia, with support from China, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia and a host of third world nations, is winning the real war, the battle to replace the US Dollar as global reserve currency. As things stand the American dream of global hegemony or as American military types prefer to say, Full Spectrum Dominance, look to be dead.

In a article in todays Counterpunch, Roger McKenzie, a reporter for the Morning Star, and the general secretary of Liberation, one of the oldest UK human rights organizations, writes a commentary on the United States policy since 1997, now known as “Full Spectrum Dominance (FSD).”

According to McKenzie, the United States behaves the way that it does on the international stage in order to safeguard the profits of monopoly capital, which carries politicians in Washington around in its pockets like loose change.

FSD means that the United States also will not tolerate others, such as China, muscling in on potential new markets (although China seems to be muscling in on Africa and South East Asia quite easily while Joe Biden's administration obsesses over Trump and transgender issues,) or swaying people away from its sphere of influence, and according to McKenzie, “China is seen as the biggest threat to the profits of the companies that currently decide pretty much what we will eat and even when we can eat it.”

“Enforcement of [FSD] has included everything from the funding of opposition forces in sovereign nation (color revolutions like the one in 2014 that put the current Ukrainian neo - nazi regime in power,), the removal or even assassination of political leaders who refuse to toe the line, economic sanctions, and military intervention.”

Everyone should read the article, but I do have a bone to pick the author, and with Counterpunch. 

The Simple Reason Why the U.S. Wants ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’ of the Earth -

McKenzie makes no mention of Russia, the US proxy war in Ukraine, or the history of the US/NATO encirclement of Russia. IN fact there is no mention NATO at all. How can someone write an article about FSD without mentioning NATO and the Russian struggle against the US policy of Full Spectrum Dominance? NATO is an integral part of the mechanism that enforces FSD. It appears that McKenzie and Counterpunch both have a problem discussing the elephant in the room: Russia has drawn a line at US/NATO placing US/NATO nukes on Russia’s western border with Ukraine as a part of the US policy of FSD.

McKenzie correctly points out that: “Anyone who expects the Chinese to simply sit back and take the provocations dealt out by the two-faced Americans is living in cloud cuckoo land.” OK, but does that not also apply to Russia as well. 

According to McKenzie, “The answers to full spectrum dominance is full spectrum resistance and organizing. It is necessary to gear our efforts away from piecemeal change and toward revolutionary transformation. This will mean bringing together unions, climate activism, equality organizing, and a range of other social and economic movements in a serious change away from liberal posturing.”

All, well and good, but when this strategy was successfully used during the Vietnam conflict, the movement did not turn its back on the victims of US foreign policy then, and we should not do it today in Ukraine. Both the Ukrainian and the Russian people are the victims of US (FSD) policy. There is equivalency to the present struggle: The ARNV and the AFU (the US proxy army in Vietnam and Ukraine), the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam and the pro-Russian, anti-Nazi resistance fighters of the Donbass, and the People’s Liberation Army of Vietnam (UAV) and Russia the real target of the Ukrainian conflict.



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